MA Ethnomusicology

Aims and Objectives

The Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at UL is a one-year taught post-graduate degree that trains students in the field’s histories, theories, and methods in relation to a variety of world musics. Musical practice is an important part of the program and is a central modality through which to engage in research. The course caters to the international interest in Irish traditional music and contributes to the growing significance of ethnomusicology as an academic discipline in Ireland. It was the first programme of its kind in an Irish University and it continues to work in this pioneering spirit


The degree course is designed to cater for the continuing education needs of graduates in music and in cognate and closely related disciplines, such as: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Education, Ethnochoreology, Gender Studies and Irish Studies. The course will appeal to a broad spectrum of students: students who come from a wide variety of musical and academic backgrounds and who wish to benefit from the unique configuration of theoretical and practical possibilities offered by the University of Limerick. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the theory of, and methods in Ethnomusicology and to consider Irish traditional music as well as other world musics within this frame.


  • To equip postgraduates with a professional qualification in Ethnomusicology
  • To provide students with a thorough grounding in the field for teaching purposes
  • To give practical training in musical performance and dance
  • To develop a sound theoretical basis for undertaking musical research to Doctorate level
  • To develop a research foundation for the interdisciplinary study of music, performance, and culture.
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